Background

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reports that monthly imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blend, and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 6.22 billion square meter equivalents in January 2021, down 1.4 percent from December 2020 but up 9.3 percent from January 2020. Textile imports totaled 4.08 billion SME, down 7.7 percent for the month but up 20.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.13 billion SME were up 13.3 percent from December but down 7.7 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. For the year ending in January, imports were 67.9 billion SME, down 1.7 percent from the previous year. Textile imports rose 7.7 percent to 44.9 billion SME but apparel imports fell 16.2 percent to 23.0 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for January 2021.

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.80 billion

-9.1

+13.3

2.18 billion

+4.3

-12.0

India

683.2 million

+9.5

+26.9

739.3 million

+18.7

+2.8

Vietnam

490.7 million

+19.4

-3.5

1.16 billion

+24.3

-17.0

Pakistan

274.8 million

-1.5

+5.4

304.6 million

+1.9

+16.7

Bangladesh

230.1 million

+21.7

-5.0

538.1 million

+41.7

-16.0

Mexico

207.3 million

-0.5

+5.0

284.5 million

-6.8

-6.3

Korea

144.1 million

-14.1

-23.0

67.3 million

-10.6

-16.0

Cambodia

135.8 million

+4.8

-2.5

268.3 million

+10.4

-16.0

Indonesia

131.0 million

+10.9

-14.0

296.8 million

+30.4

-33.0

Turkey

124.6 million

+0.4

+48.2

217.8 million

+14.2

+31.1

Canada

76.9 million

+5.6

-6.6

77.3 million

-0.4

-21.0

Israel

62.9 million

n/a

+87.5

$26.5 million

n/a

+50.1

Germany

51.2 million

n/a

+11.1

$37.6 million

n/a

+8.1

Honduras

50.5 million

-29.2

-17.0

139.7 million

-23.2

-9.9

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